From the Back Cover
Crown and Nobility
traces the development of therelationship between kings and nobles in late medieval England. Itshows how the differing abilities and personalities of the latemedieval English kings powerfully affected their relationship withthe nobility. The author examines the contrast between the dominantstyle of Edward I and both the weakness of Edward II and thechivalric reputation of Edward III, and reveals how the ineptitudeof Henry VI did much to provoke the political crisis of themid-fifteenth century, which led to the downfall of the House ofLancaster.
Much of the political history of late medieval England wasplayed out against a background of war, and Anthony Tuck vividlydescribes the Welsh and Scottish wars, the great victories inFrance, and the final debacle under Henry VI. He shows how successand setback in war crucially affected the relationship between theking and his nobles.
For this new edition the author has revised the original text totake account of recent scholarship. The book now includes a newepilog discussing historiographical developments since the book wasfirst published. There is also an enlarged and updatedbibliography.
About the Author
is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of Bristol. He was previously Master of Collingworth College at the University of Durham and Senior Lecturer in Medieval History at Lancaster University. His other books include Richard II and the English Nobility
(1973) and Wars and Border Societies in the Middle Ages
(edited with Anthony Goodman, 1992). He also edited and wrote an introduction to the collection of James Sherborne's articles entitled War, Politics and Culture in Fourteenth-Century England